Quick and Easy Chocolate Frosting

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Peanut Butter Cake. Photo: Diana Rattray
    7 mins
Ratings (25)

This is a delicious fudge-like chocolate frosting, and it's a great one to make when you're in a hurry. Boil it for just 1 minutes, and then be sure to beat until it begins to get firm, but don't overbeat.

I like this frosting for a simple white or yellow sheet cake. It firms up nicely on the cake. It's especially good for a sheet cake but spread it quickly before it firms up. Or, beat the frosting until it is good and thick but still pourable and then drizzle it over a Bundt cake or tube cake. The recipe is easily doubled for a thicker layer of frosting.

It's not only easy, it's made with only five ingredients!

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk -- whole, evaporated, or lower fat are all fine
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and milk; bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla.

Beat frosting with a handheld electric mixer until the frosting stiffens just to a spreading consistency, but don't overbeat or it will become too firm. Pour it over the cake and spread quickly.

If the frosting hardens and becomes difficult to spread, add a little hot water or dip your spatula or knife in hot water as you spread.

Makes enough to frost a 13x9-inch cake.

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